Plans For Serengeti Highway Get Culled
TANZANIA - Recently there has been a lot of controversy surrounding a proposed major road that was going to be constructed right in the middle of the Serengeti. The biggest fear was that it would disrupt the annual wildebeest and zebra migration which is the largest of its kind (around 2 million animals), and upset the eco-system of the park. The plan faced criticism from many parties including the US and German governments and the United Nations.
Some recent studies were conducted and estimated the construction of the road could decrease the population of wildebeest by 30%, not to mention making the area more vunerable to poaching. There was also a leaked document which said that the road could also decrease the population of predators such as lions simply because there wouldn't be as many plains animals for them to hunt.
Well, in light of all this the Tanzanian government has cancelled the construction of the road and the wildbeest should be safe to continue their yearly trek accross the plains for some time. Wildlife enthusiasts around the world are extremely relieved, though possibly not quite as much as the wildebeest themselves.